17 Dec Take Back our Homes and Families
I am a mother of 13 children, and like you my heart is heavy from the shooting in Sandy Connecticut. Our world is in a critical condition. There are mothers and fathers tonight who have empty arms and our nation has been once again brought to its knees. We as a nation have had devastating events though out history, but for me not one that has reached so deep into the heart of every mom, as this one.
I believe that it is time for the Mom’s of America to take back their homes, and their families. We all know that the mother is the “heartbeat” of the home. Let us consider how we can have that heartbeat heard. I love the two words DELIBERATE AND DILIGENT. That pretty much sums up our responsibilities of parenting.
We must teach deliberately. Our children won’t learn it if we don’t teach them. We must be diligent in our actions. We need nurturing parents who have the vision of what their family will and can be, and then with deliberate actions and teachings, go forward helping their children understand their role and their duty in the world. Women have power and influence on the world, and the greatest power radiates from the influence we have on our families. It is time for us to step back from being “in the world” and review what changes we can make to get our children and our families back on the path of greatness.
This country was created in the name of freedom – freedom for families to be able live safe and free. We should not have to live in uncertainty, or fear. Pessimism will not help us. Let’s find ways through these “perilous times “to strengthen families. We do not have to accept the way or conditions of the world. We can remain active in our communities and work together to make our influence felt, despite any opposition we might face.
I am reminded of the scripture John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
One of the first things we can do as families to gain that peace is to gather together, daily. To encircle your family with your love and the security of time spent together. To talk openly about concerns, first seek to understand, and then work on a plan and solutions that meets the needs of your family. Go back to the basics of family life. Remember that no success can compensate for failure in the home. Our children come first.
I pray that in our hearts and our homes there may abide the spirit of love, of patience, of kindness, of charity, and of helpfulness. This will enrich our lives and make the world brighter and better. Be an anchor in your community so that others may be drawn to you and feel secure. Be a diligent and deliberate mother so that peace may abide in our hearts and in our homes, that we may radiate sunshine and cheer wherever we may go, that we may prove to our families and the nation that we know who we are and what we need to do to regain our families, homes, and country.